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Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project

Thursday, March 15, 2018 to Sunday, April 22, 2018

Images of everyday life in 1970s America: disco dancing and inflation, protests and bell-bottoms, gas shortages and suburban sprawl. In 1971, the newly established U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched the DOCUMERICA Photography Project with the goal of documenting environmental troubles and triumphs across the country. Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service and the National Archives and Records Administration. Free Admission. For more information, call (909) 395-2510.

"Young woman watches as her car goes through testing at an auto emission inspection station in Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio."
Lyntha Scott Eiler, Cincinnati, Ohio, September 1975

Lunar New Year: Blossoms of Spring

Thursday, February 8, 2018 to Sunday, March 4, 2018

The Museum is showcasing the Chinese calligraphy and brush painting of the multiethnic group Sea of Ink Society in honor of the Lunar New Year, a celebration of life. The exhibit will be curated by Shantien Tom Chow. Free Admission. For more information call (909) 395-2510.

Diversity and Inclusion: The Influence of African American Art in Southern California

Thursday, January 25, 2018 to Sunday, February 25, 2018
The Ontario Museum of History & Art and Guest Curator, Jerry Weems, present Diversity and Inclusion: The Influence of African American Art in Southern California. This open call exhibit displays the diversity of the artistic styles and visions of contemporary African American Art. Seen through the stylings of regional artists, Diversity and Inclusion reveals how artists are influenced by the raw and expressive beauty of the African American experience. Diversity and Inclusion encourages and promotes inclusion of all visual artists regardless of race. For more information call (909) 395-2510.
Photo Credit: Chain Gang by Jerry Weems. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Jerry Weems

Gem of the Foothills

Permanent Exhibit

This exhibit explores the unique history of Ontario—it’s founding, transitions, people and organizations.

Explore Ontario from its roots beginning with the Native Peoples and Californio Rancheros to its founding by George Chaffey. Discover why it has been called both a “Model Colony” and the “Gem of the Foothills.”

The book, Ontario The Gem of the Foothills by Michael L. Rounds, traces Ontario history from the Native American era to the present day. Many historic images from the museum’s collections are published here for the first time.

This interpretive history about our community is for sale in the museum store.

Road Ways

Permanent Exhibit

This is an interpretive, humanities-based exhibition that examines the impact of the road on American life and culture.

Start by learning about America’s fascination with traveling the open road. Or discover the roots of the road, how people have traveled “roads” long before cars did. Highlights include Ontario’s Euclid Avenue, Holt Boulevard and historic Route 66. Be sure to pick up a road map and travel through the “roadscape” of Ontario and beyond. You’ll find out why Road Ways is the world’s largest exhibit.

Road Ways was developed by the museum with the assistance of humanities scholars, contracted curators and exhibit designers and local advisors. Exhibition development, installation and associated publications were made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, expanding our understanding of the world.

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